Lexus Stakes Nominations The Final Chance In 2011

Midnight Martini

Midnight Martini has been nominated for the Lexus Stakes 2011

The 2011 Lexus Stakes may only be rated a Group 3 event this Saturday at Flemington on Victoria Derby Day but the quality of the nominations show it’s probably worthy of even more.

A host of contenders are using the Lexus Stakes as one final opportunity to potentially force their way into the Melbourne Cup field.

For others that are already in the race this is the final tune up before going into full preparations for the race that stops the nation on Tuesday November 1st.

It’s tough to get a gauge on just what the makeup of the final field might be like though with a host of horses dual nominated for the Mackinnon Stakes on the same day.

The Mackinnon is a Group 1 rated event worth a million dollars raced across a 2000m trip.

The Lexus meanwhile is only worth a quarter of that but contested over an extra 500m to make it a 2500m journey.

What this means is while the Mackinnon is a more prestigious and valuable race, in terms of a Melbourne Cup lead up the Lexus is far more suitable.

Because of this we’ll have to wait for the final field to be announced later in the week but you could expect a good deal of horses that miss the cut of the Mackinnon to drop back to the Lexus stakes.

Be wary though, a horse will be trained different in preparation for a 2000m race then it will for a 2500m race so it could be worthwhile to look for horses that are exclusively targeting the Lexus Stakes.

Horses such as Spechenka and Midnight Martini which may not have the edge in class but are both looking for the ground and come into it fully fit.

Whatever the final field in the race it would be surprising were we not to get the full contingent of 16 runners meaning we have one hell of a race in store.

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2011 Lexus Stakes Nominations

Horse Trainer Ballot Weight Hcp Rating
1 MIDAS TOUCH (GB) Robert Hickmott 1 58.5kg 111
2 LINTON Robert Hickmott 3 57kg 108
3 MOURAYAN (IRE) Robert Hickmott 2 57kg 108
4 AT FIRST SIGHT (IRE) Robert Hickmott 4 56.5kg 106
5 TULLAMORE (NZ) Gai Waterhouse 5 56.5kg 106
6 BOOMING (NZ) Jeff Lynds 7 56kg 105
7 THE VERMINATOR Chris Waller 6 56kg 105
8 GREEN MOON (IRE) Robert Hickmott 8 55.5kg 103
9 MOYENNE CORNICHE (GB) Brian Ellison 9 55.5kg 103
10 SAPTAPADI (IRE) Brian Ellison 11 55.5kg 103
11 LAMASERY David Vandyke 12 55kg 102
12 NIWOT Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes 13 54.5kg 101
13 TACTIC (GB) David Hayes 14 54.5kg 101
14 OLDER THAN TIME Gai Waterhouse 10 53.5kg 103
15 ANUDJAWUN (NZ) Shaun Dwyer 22 53kg 89
16 COSMONAUT Bart Cummings 24 53kg 72
17 GALIZANI John P Thompson 15= 53kg 98
18 HOME ON A WING Anthony Cummings 25 53kg 89
19 MACEDONIAN (NZ) Peter G Moody 19 53kg 95
20 MIDNIGHT MARTINI Mark Kavanagh 20= 53kg 93
21 MONTGOMERY (NZ) Colin & Cindy Alderson 26 53kg 88
22 RAFFAELLO Patrick F Ryan 15= 53kg 98
23 REPRISAL David Hayes 23 53kg 82
24 SHOWCAUSE Frank Ritchie 15= 53kg 98
25 SPECHENKA Ben Ahrens 20= 53kg 93
26 SUNSET CAFE Leon Corstens 28 53kg 75
27 TANBY Robert Hickmott 15= 53kg 98
28 THE BLACK OAK (NZ) Ciaron Maher 27 53kg 82